Post by Tim May Post by Li RM
I just checked my archives for this group. Last post I see I saved
from Tim was back in June on a "Shelter in Place" and "Ready Bag"
Hopefully he'll be back soon. He's been one of few people over the
years I've always read and enjoyed.
And those two posts were at least somewhat on topic, even though the
material has been discussed here many times.
Frankly, most Usenet newsgroups are all about politics now. And the
politics is not even very interesting....just Lefties for Obama arguing
that "Bush caused the hurricanes!" and Righties for McCain trying to
argue that McCain is actually a Republican.
I find it a lot more fun using my new iPhone to surf the Net, download
interesting apps, and keep working on my property. Just got 5 more palms
planted, and am hoping to save two of my leaf-dropping avocados.
Interestingly, in the past week or so I've had two previously
"gun-phobic" (*) friends ask me if I could give them advice on what kind
of gun to buy.
(* They were never in favor of gun control, as they understand the
Second Amendment and the Constitution. But they were somewhat fearful of
having a gun in their homes (as many are) and probably figured the
police and others would preclude their need to have one. But now that
things are looking somewhat more dicey, they're getting worried about
not having one if and when they actually need one. By the way, as they
did not press the issue, I also did not press the issue. My plan was to
refer them to some online sites, but not to help them choose a handgun,
that's how I decided to buy my first actual firearm, back in 1973. (I'd
done some shooting prior to this.) I started reading the gun mags,
annual issues of "Gun Digest," and so on. A pretty good way to figure
out the terminology, shooting stances (though Weaver was still big back
then), and enough other tips to let me then make more informed choices.
And there are a LOT more books on self defense and handguns and whatnot
than there were when I got started. And lots of pretty good online
advice. Since neither of these two friends have ever asked about guns
before, nor read an issue of a gun mag, nor looked at the many online
shooting sites, I figure that I can't "bootstrap" them. Let them reach
their decision in their own sweet time. My hunch is that their casual
queries about buying a gun will fizzle out, especially if no riots or
civil disturbances happen in the next month or two.)
I doubt I'll be checking back here very often. The "Repuglicraps Caused
the Crisis!" and "Democraps Want Us in Political Gulags!" level of the
debate is just too banal.
When I first came to this group back in '97, it was a great source of
information not only about preparedness but also about alternative
political trains of thought.
Count yourself as one of those whose posts over the years has given me
much food for thought as well as presenting ideas that I probably
would never have run across elsewhere.
Additionally your posts in the pre-Y2K years were probably some of the
most valuable to me from the standpoint of laying the groundwork for
But your point is well taken that this has, for all intents and
purposes become a political group.
Some months back I started preparing a series of posts on what I've
garnered from the group - splitting the posts into categories like
books, camping gear, guns, etc. On my books list (even though it
wasn't a book) was a post you wrote called "The Fukit" - or Fugitive
Kit some years back. Since I read that, I always viewed it as
possible scenario to prepare for as it made a lot of sense.
"Life" has gotten in the way, but I'm going to get back to work on
those posts and get them up here. I know that much of the information
has been rehashed, but maybe for the new guy or gal who does pass
through here they'll get something from it.
Additionally, I always find there are new things and new technologies
that do something a bit better than something I used to use for a
given task. An obvious example would be LED flashlights vs. the old
Maglites that got a lot airplay in the old days.
Well, it's good to see you at least stop in, Tim. From a personal
perspective I'd like to see more of you around here, but I understand
and respect your thoughts and feelings for your decisions.
Glad your alive and well at least.
And if it turns out that we don't see much more of you at all, I, for
one, say thank you for the contributions you've made over the years.
I sure as hell appreciate them.